Once you've realized that a new Volkswagen SUV is exactly what you need on the streets around the areas of Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, NY, you'll have some incredible options ahead of you.

Our team here at Maguire Volkswagen is here to walk you through two of the best: the Volkswagen Tiguan vs. the Volkswagen Atlas.

To learn more about how these efficient, intelligent, and stylish SUVs compare, check out our comparison below!

VW Tiguan vs VW Atlas: Performance

Both the VW Tiguan and VW Atlas know how to pack a punch on the road. For the VW Atlas, you'll have two high-powered engines to choose from. The standard 2L 4-cylinder engine boasts 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. For a little extra kick, the available 3.6L V6 engine churns out 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.

The VW Tiguan, on the other hand, features just a turbocharged, 16-valve, 2L engine capable of 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque.

The smooth handling of both SUVs comes courtesy of an 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic®. The 4MOTION® system with active control is also made available for both models. With this, each comes with four unique all-wheel drive modes (Snow, On-Road, Off-Road, Off-Road Custom) to match the conditions of the road ahead.

VW Tiguan vs VW Atlas: Fuel Efficiency

With powerful engine capabilities and smooth handling functions, excellent fuel efficiency comes naturally to both the VW Atlas and VW Tiguan.

In the VW Atlas, you can expect an EPA-estimated 21 city and 24 highway MPG* so you can capably cruise across town. With the help of the turbocharged engine, you'll see an EPA-estimated 23 city and 29 highway MPG** when you get behind the wheel of the VW Tiguan.

As has become a standard across all Volkswagen SUVs, remarkable fuel efficiency comes naturally to both the VW Atlas and VW Tiguan.

Connected Comfortability in the VW Atlas & VW Tiguan

When you step inside either the VW Atlas or Volkswagen Tiguan, you'll be met with nearly identical features to keep you connected, informed, and entertained. The connectivity of both runs through a central touchscreen display complete with dynamic route guidance systems.

Some of the additional tech features that both SUVs share include:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Customizable Volkswagen Digital Cockpit
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® Mobile App with Hotspot capabilities

In terms of size and space, both the VW Atlas and VW Tiguan comfortably seat seven passengers. Here's how some of the key dimensions of each stack up:

VW Atlas

VW Tiguan

Legroom (1st/2nd/3rd Row)

41.7/37.6/33.7 inches

40.2/36.6/27.9 inches

Headroom (1st/2nd/3rd Row)

41.3/40.4/38.3 inches

39.6/39.1/33.8 inches

Shoulder Room (1st/2nd/3rd Row)

61.5/60.8/54.9 inches

57/55.9/47.8 inches

Maximum Passenger Volume

154 cubic feet

123.9 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Capacity

96.8 cubic feet

65.7 cubic feet

As you can see, the VW Atlas allows for a bit more space when you've got a packed car of either passengers or cargo, such as luggage or sports equipment. However, the interior space of the VW Tiguan is still plenty to keep you and the whole family comfortable, no matter how long the drive.

VW Tiguan vs VW Atlas: Intuitive Safety

In both the VW Atlas and VW Tiguan-or any Volkswagen model for that matter-the safety of you and your passengers is always the top priority. That's made abundantly clear with the inclusion of several intelligent safety systems.

The first, featured in both the VW Atlas and VW Tiguan, is Driver Assistance. With this, you'll see several features to back you up at the wheel, such as Dynamic Road Sign Display, Overhead View Camera (Area View), and Park Distance Control with Maneuver Braking.

The second, known as IQ.DRIVE®, is technically exclusive to the VW Atlas. However, most of its features can be found in both models. With it, driver assistance is taken to new heights with features like Lane Assist, Forward collision warning, Active Side Assist (Blind Spot Monitor), and Rear Traffic Alert.

Both SUVs also share a slew of integral safety features, including:

  • Rear View Camera System
  • Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS)
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
  • Six stability-enhancing systems

Whether you settle on the VW Atlas or VW Tiguan, you can drive off the lot confidently, knowing that either SUV will always have your back.

Volkswagen Tiguan vs Atlas: What Works for You

There's really no way you can go wrong with either of these impressive SUVs. Maybe you value the extra space and additional safety systems of the VW Atlas. Or perhaps the superior fuel efficiency of the VW Tiguan is what catches your eye. The decision is entirely up to you.

Luckily, it's possible for drivers throughout the Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, NY, areas, to get a better sense of the VW Tiguan vs. VW Atlas matchup.

Contact or visit us at Maguire Volkswagen to test drive them both today!

*21 city/24 highway mpg (2021 Atlas 2.0L, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

**23 city/29 highway mpg (2021 Tiguan 2.0L, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

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